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Boston Bicycle Accident Lawyer
Bicycle accidents happen every day in Massachusetts (especially in Boston due to the high number of bikes and cars). These accidents typically happen when a motorist fails to stop at a red light or stop sign, fails to yield, or comes into the lane of the cyclist. I am a Boston bicycle accident lawyer that helps bicycle operators injured by negligence.
Common Massachusetts Bicycle Accident Injuries
Because they are exposed and unprotected by sheet metal like car occupants are, those injured in bicycle accidents can suffer from very serious injuries. Factors such as excessive speeding or sudden movements by a car can cause a bicyclist to be thrown from the bicycle.
Bicycle accident victims can suffer soft tissue injuries, fractures (broken bones), dislocations, bruising (contusions), head injuries, scarring, and even death. It is important to seek prompt medical attention following a bicycle crash so that your injuries are properly documented.
Nationwide Bicycle Accident Crash Statistics
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 2014 bicyclists accounted for roughly 2% of all traffic deaths and 2% of all crash-related injuries. The NHTSA also found the overwhelming majority of bicycle-related deaths in 2014 occurred to males, with the age bracket of 20-24 comprising the largest number of fatalities. Further, about 21% of bicycle-related deaths were due to intoxication of the bicyclist.
Massachusetts Bicycle Crash Cases We Handle
We represent bicyclists injured by:
- Car Accidents – These are the most common type of bicycle accident and are frequently caused by inattention, speeding, and other negligent factors.
- Dooring Accidents – We represent bicycle accident victims doored by motor vehicle operators and passengers. Dooring is illegal under Massachusetts law.
- Truck Accidents – These accidents can cause extremely devastating and catastrophic injuries.
- Motorcycle Accidents – Although less common, bicyclists injured by negligent motorcycle operators is a real problem.
Massachusetts Bicycle Accident Insurance Benefits
You are entitled to have up to $8000.00 in your medical bills and lost wages paid that are incurred following your Massachusetts bicycle accident. These are “no-fault” benefits, also known as PIP (Personal Injury Protection) benefits and come into play even if the accident was your fault. It is important to complete a PIP application as soon as possible in order to take advantage of PIP benefits.
You also may make a claim for pain and suffering damages. These damages compensate you for any physical injuries, or mental distress, you suffered in your bicycle accident. These damages are also paid by the same insurance company that pays you for your PIP benefits. The amount of pain and suffering damages you may receive depends on factors such as how long you had to receive medical treatment for; the nature and extent of your injuries; whether there are any permanent injuries, whether you were partly at fault for the crash, and other factors as well are considered.
Time Limits For Bringing a Massachusetts Bicycle Accident Claim
Please know that you have only three years in Massachusetts to file a claim for injuries, lost wages and pain and suffering following your Massachusetts bicycle accident. These cases are usually most successful when promptly brought. Delays in filing claims for bicycle accident injuries only tend to hurt these cases. The reason is that witnesses and important evidence can be lost.
Boston Bicycle Accident Lawyer Christopher Earley Can Help You
- We recently settled a bicycle accident crash case for $ 190,000 against a negligent automobile operator that injured our client that was riding his bicycle.
Attorney Earley has a long track record of success and can help you with your bicycle accident claim while you recover from your injuries. We are a Boston, Massachusetts bicycle accident law firm and we are here to help you.
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